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Childhood-onset linear scleroderma on a man’s head. Linear scleroderma is an isolated region of hardened skin. If the bones have been affected, it can stunt the growth of the limbs in children. Photo credit: Dr. Harout Tanielian / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is an autoimmune connective tissue disorder, characterized by a progressive hardening of the skin. The disorder can also affect the blood vessels, muscles and internal organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys and digestive tract.

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